Date of Award


Degree Name

Healthcare Administration


College of Business

Type of Degree


Document Type

Research Paper

First Advisor

Alberto Coustasse


Introduction: Burnout has been a problem in health care for many years and it has particularly affected nurses. Nurse burnout was associated with worsened outcomes for nurses such as increased turnover or quitting and lower job satisfaction. There was a question as to how work environment and governance style influenced burnout.

Purpose of the study: The purpose of this research was to examine Magnet-designation status in U.S. hospitals, specifically shared governance and structural empowerment, and its effects on the rates of nurse burnout, nurse turnover, and job satisfaction of nurses.

Methodology: This study utilized a literature review. Four databases as well as Google and Google scholar were used to collect x total sources. The resources were reviewed, and y amount was used in the introduction and z amount in the results section. Two semi structured interviews were also conducted to gain perspectives from nurses.

Results: The results showed that overall, Magnet hospitals had lower levels of burnout, better job satisfaction, and less turnover compared to non-Magnet hospitals but this was not the case for every study of Magnet hospitals. Discussion/Conclusion: Magnet hospitals were generally associated with less burnout and better nurse outcomes but there was a lack of literature detailing specifically why. Some outcomes could be attributed to Magnet characteristics such as shared governance, but other factors could have also influenced their success. More research needed to be done to determine exactly why Magnet hospitals have reduced burnout and why some do not. The semi structured interviews supported the notion that organizational interventions needed to take place.


Health services administration.

Health facilities – Business management.